Back to school tips: Are your kids practising these healthy habits in school?

Back to school tips Mount Waverley Chiropractor

Back to school tips. Starting the school year many of our young patients or children of our patients will pack their books, polish their shoes and head back to school, ready for the year ahead. However, kids don’t often think about the impact that common classroom activities like sitting in a classroom, carrying a heavy bag and excessive screen time can have on their overall health and wellbeing.

As part of the Australian Chiropractors Association’s Back to School campaign, Waverley Chiropractic Centre here in Mount Waverley is encouraging Aussie kids to adopt positive spinal health habits.

These habits include:

  • Carrying a backpack correctly with both straps, adjusting it to the correct height and ensuring only the essentials are packed, with heavier items to the back of the bag to reduce weight.
  • Maintaining good posture when sitting in a classroom by keeping their shoulders back and relaxed with both feet firmly on the floor.
  • Trying to reduce recreation screen time to two-hours every day.
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet and staying hydrated, helping kits to keep kids active in the playground and alert in the classroom.
  • Getting enough physical activity is key for a child’s wellbeing, so as a guide, kids should try and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Let’s help kids practise these positive spinal health habits this back to school season and all year round.

I welcome you to make an appointment for more advice and assistance on implementing these positive health habits into your child’s daily activity.

We are even able to assist with fitting your child’s backpack to suit their current level of development. Contact us at Waverley Chiropractic Centre to book your appointment.

For more information on these tips and the Back to School campaign, visit backtoschool.org.au  

Waverley Chiropractic – New Year, New You

Mount Waverley chiropractor - New Year new you

Waverley Chiropractic welcomes 2020. It’s a New Year and so let’s start with a new you.

Make a determination, a resolution this year to improve at least one aspect of your health. As your spine protects your spinal nerves which send and receive info between your brain and the rest of your body, can we at Waverley Chiropractic suggest you make your spinal health a priority this year of 2020.

To help with this Mount Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is offering $10 off your 1st visit at Waverley Chiropractic Centre. Let’s break down any barriers you may have to making that initial step to better health.

You can book easily online at Waverley Chiropractic Centre. You can even fill out all initial paperwork online in the comfort of your home. It’s all paperless! Simple!

So if you are in the Mount Waverley, Pinewood, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood, Clayton, Mulgrave or surrounding areas and suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, disc bulges, shoulder pain, hip pain etc, now is the time at the start of this new year to stop being in pain.

Or you may just want to add to your wellness routine and have a chiropractor optimise your spinal/nerve health. Or maybe you need a posture analysis and advise on how to counteract that forward hunched posture you see in the mirror?

Book online or phone Mount Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich now on 9581 2624.

A New Year, a new you!

Chiropractor Mount Waverley “Don’t let pain hold you back”

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Mount Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is encouraging locals in Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Chadstone, and Clayton not to let pain hold them back this Christmas.

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder aches and headaches can be debilitating and an unwanted discomfort through this Christmas period. So to help people move better and feel better Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering new patients 20% off their 1st visit for the month of December.

Instead of $85, your 1st visit will be only $68. This includes a thorough history, examination, explanation of what’s wrong, a recommended treatment plan and we’ll get started with actual treatment. Be wary of other offers that state a low 1st visit cost but don’t include treatment!

Each year Mount Waverley Chiropractor does something special through December in the lead up to Christmas. Previously Waverley Chiropractic has collected toys and food in exchange for treatment that then is donated to the Salvation Army to distribute to locals in need.

So if you don’t want pain to hold you back this Christmas and you are searching for a chiropractor in the Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Chadstone or Clayton area then try Mount Waverley Chiropractor, and take up the special $68 1st visit offer.

You can easily book online or phone 9581 2624. Located at 25 Mount Pleasant Drive, Mt Waverley (corner of Waverley Rd and Forster Rd). Check on Google Maps.

5 Tips for exam study

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Exam study…it’s exam time again for VCE students, university students and high schoolers. As a chiropractor who has done 5 plus years of university study and copious number of exams, Dr Shaun from Waverley Chiropractic Centre has a wealth of knowledge on studying. Here are 5 simple tips to keep you in tip top shape during the exam period.

A few simple tips to get you through:

1. Stay active. Break up your study with a bit of exercise. Go for a walk, a quick run or dance around the house (not recommended if studying in the library)

2. Good posture. Maintain good posture to help relieve tension that builds up. A firm seat with good lumbar support or a small cushion. Feet slightly raised off the ground on a small box/platform and your desk slightly angled up towards you.

3. Keep your spine aligned. Keeping your spine and nervous system functioning well is key. A chiropractic adjustment may help sort out some tension you are feeling. A good functioning nervous system may keep you sharp during study and exams.

4. Regular breaks. 40-45 minutes of study is ideal with a 10-15 minute break. It will keep you focused and more efficient with your study.

5. Enjoy!

Neck pain in the park

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Poor posture due to excessive screen time is a contributing factor to neck pain. To illustrate that point, on the weekend I was at a local park with the kids not from the chiropractic clinic in Mount Waverley. A family group of two young kids, parents and a grand parent came walking across the park and sat on a park bench. I initially thought that’s nice to see the whole family unit outside enjoying the park.

Unfortunately they then proceeded to spend the next 20 minutes on their phones or devices looking down playing games etc! We had to leave so I’m not sure how long they were out in this wonderful park playing on their electronic devices. How sad!

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Family enjoying a local park…all on their phones!

Neck pain and poor posture often go hand in hand. With the increased use of electronic devices and screen time people of all ages are getting into static, hunched, forward head positions for long periods of time, resulting in increased muscle tension and tightness in the joints of the neck and upper back. What’s called ‘Tech Neck’ these days.

Part of the problem is that we aren’t getting outside as much as we used to. Kids are stuck inside on their devices and unfortunately looking for adults for inspiration is no good as they are also head down on their devices.

As a chiropractor this is what we are up against. Hours of screen time leading to poor posture, neck pain, headaches, upper back pain etc. Tech neck and even worse ‘Digital Dementia’ where the brain doesn’t think for itself anymore due to sensory overload from too much screen time.

And so even when we get people outside to enjoy the local parks, they stay chained to their phones. For your neck and your kids, go and enjoy our local parks but keep off your phones.

The Bowling Ball and the Pin: How Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain

The average human head weighs about 3.6kg. Each day we all walk around with a bowling ball (our head) balancing on a toothpick (our neck). We are designed this way to allow for the full range of motion we all know and love. Even under the best circumstances, this places a lot of stress on our spine. But leaning forward even just 15 degrees pushes that weight up to 13kg, and with a 30 degree tilt it’s closer to 18kg!  (That’s 5 bowling balls on top of neck!)

Why it Matters:

Driving a car, working on the computer, and using a tablet/phone all usually result in less than ideal posture. And when you start to lean forward, it places a tremendous amount of extra pressure on the discs in your neck and spine. This can cause increased compression and lead to pain. Even just a few centimetres of forward head posture can double or triple the amount of stress on the spinal joints in your neck.

  • The average human head weights approximately 3.6-4.5kg.
  • For every 2.5cm of forward head posture, an additional 4.5kg of weight is added to your spine.
  • Forward head posture may result in muscle imbalances, a high risk for spinal degeneration, reduced range of motion, and pain.

Next Steps:

Take a moment today at work and notice if your shoulders are rounding, the head has moved forward, and upper back is hunched over. If you see yourself slouching into this posture, let us know. We would love to provide you with some exercises you can do at work to help strengthen the muscles supporting your spine and combat these muscle imbalances. And remember, the more time you spend in this posture, the more likely you are to suffer head and neck pain.

Science Source(s):

The Physiology of the Joints, Volume III. 6th ed. London: Churchill Livingstone; 2007.

Myofascial trigger points, neck mobility and forward head posture in unilateral migraine. Cephalalgia 2006

Prevent Back Pain – Love Your Spine

‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day

 Prevent back Pain – Love Your Spine. Every year, people from around the world come together on World Spine Day (an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health) to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.

Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is having a profound negative impact on our health and especially our spines. Back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders are on the rise and Australians of all ages are suffering. The good news is that it is possible to prevent such spinal health issues without the need for drastic measures.

The theme for World Spine Day this year is ‘Love your Spine’, emphasising the importance of looking after your spine and taking steps to prevent spinal disorders. Regular physical activity, good posture, lifting safely, healthy working conditions and lifestyle adjustments can improve spinal health and overall wellbeing.

Staying active helps spinal tissues and muscles stay healthy and eases the pressure on the spine. Whether it’s walking, running, swimming or taking regular breaks from sitting, Australians are encouraged to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. Good posture also plays an integral role in optimal spinal health, as it allows the spine to be correctly aligned and reduces the amount of strain on the body.

Ways to ‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day:

  • Be mindful of your posture
  • Practise responsible lifting
  • Get moving and stay active
  • Download the Straighten Up app

The Australian Chiropractors Association has developed the Straighten Up Australia app to help you stay active, improve your posture and enhance spinal health. The app has posture reminders, a daily exercise program, and other helpful resources to assist Australians in taking control of their health.

Most people underestimate the positive effects that simple lifestyle changes can have on spinal health. World Spine Day is a great opportunity to assess your activity levels, posture and other lifestyle choices, and make adjustments accordingly.

To book an appointment with us, https://www.waverleychiro.com.au

AVOID BACK & NECK PAIN WHEN TRAVELLING

Easter is nearly upon us and for many it’s a time of travel. The last thing you want on your Easter break is to be worrying about your neck or back. Unexpected neck or back pain can ruin a holiday! Let’s look at some prevention tips.

1.     Take Regular Breaks & Move

Your spine loves movement – long periods of sitting in the same position can affect your spine and may cause pain in the neck and back. Moving around improves circulation, eases the stress on the spine and helps reduce fatigue.

If flying, get up often and move. The aisle seat is perfect for this.

2.     Check Your Posture

Poor posture puts stress and strain on your spine. Maintaining proper posture keeps the spine aligned and in its natural position.

When sitting, make sure your back is aligned against the back of your seat and that your headrest is supporting your head. Keep your shoulders straight and avoid hunching or slouching forward. Resting both feet firmly on the floor will also help. If you are driving, adjust the seat and steering wheel to a comfortable position so that you’re not reaching for the wheel.

3.     Lifting Luggage 

Try to pack as light as you can. It will make lifting easier particularly if you are visiting a number of different places. Use a lightweight suitcase with wheels that is easy for you to pull and manoeuvre.

When lifting luggage, bend at the knees and use the leg muscles rather than back muscles to lift. Hold heavy items close to the body, distributing weight evenly on both feet. When you are moving your luggage, lift slowly and in stages to protect your back. If you are carrying a shoulder bag, switch sides to avoid stressing one side of the back.

4.     Stretch

The more often you stretch the better. This is an easy way to increase circulation and keep the spine mobile. Try to take regular stretch breaks during your travels, at least every 1-2 hours.

 

So enjoy your Easter break and if travelling keep safe and think about ways to make yourself comfortable to reduce stress and ultimately make your journey more enjoyable. If you have a need for chiropractic care you can book online at Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley via the website www.waverleychiro.com.au or call 9581 2624.

Happy Easter!

Straighten Up, this School Year

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre it’s that time of the year again and as you start your back to school preparations, I would like to encourage you to be mindful of your child’s spinal heath this new school year.

The back to school period is a great time to check the fitting of your child’s backpack and by making a few simple changes, can prevent poor posture and long-term spinal health issues.

Some of the signs of poor posture to look out for from an incorrectly worn backpack can include: forward head posture, slouching and uneven hips. Identifying and stopping these signs early on is important as the spine is still developing during the adolescent years.1

Avoiding back to school backache is easy with these simple tips on how to wear a backpack correctly:

Size: make sure the backpack is appropriately sized and no wider than your child’s chest

Weight: backpacks should ideally be no heavier than 10 per cent of a student’s weight when packed. Some of the ways to keep the weight of the load down is by packing only essential items and storing unrequired items in a school locker.

Straps: both shoulder straps (preferably padded) should always be worn. Make sure to secure the sternum, waist and compression straps.

Position: the backpack shouldn’t be worn any lower than the hollow of the lower back with all heavy items positioned at the base of the pack, closest to the spine

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) together with Spartan School Supplies and Macquarie University (NSW), joined forces to research and develop the ‘Chiropak’. This durable, functional and comfortable backpack is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of neck and back pain associated with the carriage of heavy loads. Find out more about the Spartan Chiropak at www.bit.ly/CAAChiropak

I invite you to make an appointment at our clinic this back to school period for more advice and assistance on selecting the right backpack, making sure it is fitted correctly to suit your child’s current level of development and to receive a free posture scan.

Visit www.waverleychiro.com.au or book online at https://goo.gl/cf1aqG

Good Health in 2018

A new year has begun and at Waverley Chiropractic we are excited about what 2018 has in store. Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich continues to serve the local Monash community and finished off 2017 with a fantastic “Give Back” day.

This time of year many people reassess their health and that’s a good thing. Can we suggest that you make your spinal health a priority this year. Your spine protects your spinal cord which comes from your brain with millions of messages every second going up and down your spinal cord and exiting through spinal nerves to all parts of your body. A nervous system free from interference is essential for good health. And as your spine encases your spinal cord and allows nerves to exit through it, it’s important that your spine is functioning well without any locking or subluxations.

So what can you do this year to make spinal health a priority? 3 tips today:

  1. Get moving! Your spine loves movement. We are sitting so much these days at home and work, tied to computers and Tv. Sitting is the new smoking and apart from increasing overall health risks it’s detrimental to your spinal health also. Make it a goal this year to walk everyday. A dedicated walk at the start of the day, at lunch or night plus make it a habit to move more throughout the day…walk to the printer, use the stairs instead of the lift or park a little further away.
  2. Check your posture! With so much screen time we seem to be in a permanent position of being hunched forward. Tech neck or forward head posture increases the strain on your neck and may lead to increased neck pain, headaches and shoulder discomfort. It’s also may lead to digital dementia. Aim to look up more often through the day. Bring your shoulders back and tuck your chin in. Bring devices up to eye level.
  3. Get your spine checked! Regular chiropractic adjustments may help to keep your spine functioning well thus decreasing irritation to spinal nerves and helping to relax muscles around your spine. With 23 years of  experience, Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich can help you make your spinal health a priority this year. Book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 95812624.